We're trying to decide between 2 CPU options on a Dell Optiplex model running XP Pro:
a) Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66Ghz, 8M cache, 1066Mhz FSB, 4Gb RAM or
b) Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16Ghz, 6M cache, 1333Mhz FSB, 4Gb RAM.
We want the machine that will be the fastest possible for a heavy user using MS Office applications, Web editing, scanning, pdf creation, etc, working in multiple applications at the same time. We are not using apps such as AutoCAD, 3D, Photoshop or CorelDraw.
So is a Quad configuration with lower CPU and FSB speed faster than a Duo with higher CPU and FSB speed ? The Dell rep says that applications such as Word, Excel, etc would not take advantage of a Quad cpu, and the Duo would give faster performance in this case. Is this correct ?